When border patrol agents in Texas decided to take a closer look at a shipment of what they they thought were fresh carrots on Sunday (Jan. 10), they got a super-skunky surprise.
According to a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), after the carrots passed an initial non-intrusive inspection, border patrol officers decided to take a closer look at the shipment with assistance from a team of drug-sniffing dogs. Obviously, the dogs immediately realized there was a decidedly non-carroty smell in the room.
"The examination revealed packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the bags of carrots," CBP explains, adding that officers seized a total of 2,817 carrot-shaped packages of "alleged marijuana," which has an estimated street value of $499,000, from among the actual fresh carrots also included in the shipment.
“Once again, drug smuggling organizations have demonstrated their creativity in attempting to smuggle large quantities of narcotics across the U.S.-Mexico border,” said Efrain Solis Jr., port director of the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Our officers are always ready to meet those challenges and remain vigilant toward any type of illicit activities.”
CBP is now conducting an investigation in partnership with agents from Homeland Security Investigations.